As the U.S. version of Fabtech is about take place, officials with Fabtech Canada said they have big expectations for next year’s event.

“The decision to expand the show is based on the success of the 2012 premiere event, which was the first time the world-renowned Fabtech brand launched a show in Canada,” said Janine Saperson, show manager with SME, which is hosting Fabtech Canada 2014 with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, the American Welding Society, Precision Metalforming Association and the Chemical Coaters Association International.

Fabtech Canada will take place March 18-20, 2014, at the Toronto Congress Centre.

“In Canada, there is growing demand for the technical expertise and industry insight provided by an event like Fabtech, which is evident by the fact that the exhibitor floor is already 80 percent sold,” Saperson said. “In Ontario alone, there are 1.7 million manufacturing professionals – the largest amount of manufacturing employees of any jurisdiction in both Canada and the U.S. – and the show is geared towards the needs of these employees, from industries such as automotive and energy to transportation and construction, as well as businesses that either produce or rely on equipment and machinery in their day-to-day operations.”

Mark Hoper, FMA’s vice president of expositions, said the show should be a great hit.

 “The success of the Fabtech brand, both in Canada and around the world, is the result of the strong combination of the five partners, each of whom brings a slightly different perspective to the show,” Hopersaid. “Together, we are excited to bring an expanded event to such a key market as Canada in 2014."